The Flame by Leonard Cohen

Staff Pick

For anyone and everyone who has ever found solace in the deep melodies of Leonard Cohen’s songs or in the poetry of his words, The Flame (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $28) is a must-read. This posthumously published collection includes poetry, notebook entries, lyrics, drawings, and other peeks into a truly legendary mind. In classic Cohen fashion, his work delves into the topics of love, death and aging, cultural unraveling, and religion, with a rhythm and quick-wittedness which mirror his greatest songs. This collection is not only a testament to Cohen’s remarkable writing talent, but also a reminder of his ability to capture many of the most elusive parts of human experience—love, longing, death—in concise lines which are often as strangely balanced as life is: where humor, fear, regret, beauty, and devastation can coexist and move amongst each other comfortably and all at once.

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ISBN: 9780374156060
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 2nd, 2018

Evolution by Eileen Myles

Staff Pick

Eileen Myles’s first new collection of poetry since 2011, Evolution (Grove, $25) is everything that could be expected from the brilliant, weird Eileen Myles, whose last book was the acclaimed prose Afterglow (a dog memoir). Irreverent and abundant, this is a book to cleanse you of your woes—a book in which Myles is elected president, considers Utopia and James Comey, writes about bodies, loneliness, and anything else that comes to mind. Eileen Myles defies expectations of art or language and in this newest book she continues an ongoing project of carving out the much-needed space in which her own particular, strange, wonderful vernacular can casually find purpose. Reading this book, there is the sense that no filter, or editing, or qualifying, stands between the page and Eileen Myles’ inner dialogue, and how lucky we are for that.

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ISBN: 9780802128508
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Published: Grove Press - September 11th, 2018

Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart by Alice Walker

Staff Pick

With Spanish translations (done by Manuel García Verdecia) side by side with their English counterparts, Alice Walker's Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart (Atria, $25) features almost seventy poems of complex questions and emotions. Alice Walker's humanistic, compassionate, and environmentally aware perspective is clearly felt throughout the collection. Her poems describe pollution and preservation in its many forms. She touches on and interweaves the racism, sexism, and violence that have affected us all. She exposes the dark of the world, but she also gives us the tools to walk with a little light of hope through it all. Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart is a call to healing, especially in the face of destruction. We are in pain, and often due to reasons that were out of our control. How do we address our wounds? For those familiar with Alice Walker and her writing, you will not be disappointed. For those who aren't, Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart is a good place to start, especially in our current political and social climate.

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ISBN: 9781501179525
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Published: 37 Ink - October 2nd, 2018